Law enforcement officials hit the ground running early Wednesday morning as part of a massive round-up of more than 40 people on a variety of drug charges.
Early Wednesday morning, investiga-tors with a number of law enforcement age-ncies converged on Somerset City Hall, ending a year-long investigation into alleged illegal drug trafficking in prescription pills, methamphetamines, marijuana, and psychedelic drugs.
Agents with the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, the Somerset Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Adminis-tration, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were involved in the 12-month investigation.
On Wednesday, those agencies received assistance from the Eubank Police Depart-ment, the Science Hill Police Department, Ferguson Police Department, the Burnside Police Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Forest Service, and 5th District Constable Mike Wallace in an operation that has resulted in arrest warrants being issued for 41 people on 71 individual charges.
“This is a major undertaking by the agencies involved in the initial investigation that put their resources and time into this operation,” said Capt. Shannon Smith, with the Som-erset Police Department. “But we also want to extend our thanks to the agencies that helped in the round-up itself.
“This couldn’t have been without the additional cooperation of the agencies involved in the round-up today,” Smith added.
Smith said more than 30 officers, agents and investigators took part in Wednesday’s round-up.
All 71 counts are for felony offenses. Some include charges for persistent felony offender, which stems from committing a felony after having recently been convicted or serving out a separate felony sentence.
“Several of these individuals are repeat offenders, meaning they’ve already been convicted by a criminal court at least once for selling drugs,” said LCADTF Director Robbie Clark. “Our mission has always been to do everything within our legal power to combat illegal drugs. With the help of these agencies, we have been able to continue our mission.”